"End poisonous legacy" of nuclear testing

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a panel discussion in Vienna, marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), in April 2016. Photo: CTBTO

The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to end the "poisonous legacy" of nuclear testing.

Ban Ki-moon made the call on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, marked annually on 29 August.

Deganit Perez has more.

Mr Ban said in a statement to mark the international day that a prohibition on all nuclear testing will end what he has described as "this poisonous legacy."

He said it will boost momentum for other disarmament measures by showing that multilateral cooperation is possible.

And he added and it will build confidence for other regional security measures, including a Middle East zone "free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction."

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty which bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, was adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago but it has yet to come into force.

That will happen only once it has been ratified by 44 states which have been identified as having a nuclear capability. Eight of those countries have not yet ratified the treaty.

The UN chief said this "stalemate" must be rejected.

Deganit Perez, United Nations

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